Academic Life

The School aims to provide a broad, balanced education giving pupils the opportunity to make appropriate choices from a wide range of subjects. We aim to enable all pupils to develop their individual talents fully. High standards of academic work are expected and homework is compulsory.

The First Three Years

In Year 7 – 9 all pupils take:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French
  • German
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Education
  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • P.H.S.E.

The National Curriculum Programmes of Study are broadly followed, but the School does not commit itself to the assessment arrangements.

There is setting in Mathematics and there may be setting at the discretion of the Heads of Departments in English, French, German and Science during Years 8 and 9. The majority of subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.


The majority of our pupils study nine or ten subjects.

Most pupils take

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • French or German
  • a Humanities subject and
  • Biology, Chemistry & Physics

Pupils select two further options from ten available including

  • a second language, humanity or practical and creative subjects.

In addition to their examination subjects all pupils follow courses in Physical Education, and in Life Skills, including Health and Careers Education.

A separate GCSE Choices brochure can be downloaded here and the covering letter and choice form is available here.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form most Lower Sixth Form students will study four ‘AS’ subjects although some may be advised or choose to study three.  Sixth Form pupils also have sports and a form tutor period.  A choice of approximately twenty subjects is offered.

In the Upper Sixth Form most students will continue with three specialist subjects to A level although some may continue with four subjects or select an additional AS subject.